MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State field hockey team welcomes Mid-American Conference opponents Kent State and Ohio to the BSU Turf Field for a pair of weekend matches at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Against the Bobcats, head coach Beth Maddox and the Cardinals will celebrate Senior Day with seniors Kristen Falk (Pennsburg, Pa./Upper Perkiomen), student coach Brittany Hammer, CJ Hermes (Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy), Devanny Kuhn (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy), Gretchen Lulow (Ballwin, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy), Caitlin Maguire (Louisville, Ky./Presentation Academy), Chelsea Mitchell (Stevens, Pa./Cocalico) and Katie Norris (Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy).
LAST TIME OUT: Kuhn scored the lone goal as Ball State fell to Central Michigan, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at the Field Hockey Complex. At 15:58 mark, the communication studies major evened the contest as she dribbled through the Chippewas’ defense to score her fifth goal of the season.
Freshmen Laura Malinoski (Eastampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) and Sanne Hermans (The Hague, Holland) tallied three shots each during the contest, while Kuhn recorded two. Lulow and freshman midfielder Tori Widrick (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia) also posted one shot each, while Mitchell finished the day with six saves in the cage.
SCOUTING BALL STATE: The Cardinals own a 3-12 record on the season and 3-4 tally in league play as Ball State averages 9.2 shots per game, with Kuhn leading the squad with 3.67 shots per game, including five goals. Hermans has recorded 12 points to pace the freshman class, while Malinoski has posted three goals on the season and Lulow, Widrick and freshman midfielder Tarel Teach (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) have each tallied two.
Goalkeepers Mitchell and Haley Fusting (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy) have shared 1050:00 in goal, including tallying 53 and 61 saves, respectively.
SCOUTING KENT STATE: Under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Kathleen Wiler, the Golden Flashes enter the contest Saturday with a 5-10 record and 3-3 tally in league play after falling to the Missouri State Bears, 3-1, Sunday. Senior forward Debbie Bell leads Kent State’s charge with 30 points, including 13 goals, while freshman netminder Jahna Jordan has tallied 1024:40 in the cage and 69 saves, allowing 46 goals. The Golden Flashes also received one vote in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches’ Poll.
SERIES HISTORY: Saturday’s contest marks the 62nd time Ball State and Kent State will meet as the Cardinals own the 32-29 series advantage versus the Golden Flashes. The teams last met Sunday, Oct. 2 in Kent, Ohio as Ball State fell to Kent State, 4-1, at Murphy-Mellis Field.
Kuhn tallied a goal at 61:00 mark of the second period on a backhanded shot from the top of the circle and Widrick recorded the assist for the Cardinals. On the day, Kuhn posted two shots on goal, while Hermans and Falk each tallied one shot and Mitchell completed the contest with eight saves during 70 minutes of action in the cage.
SCOUTING OHIO: The Bobcats received 39 votes in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches’ Poll with a 13-3 overall record and perfect 6-0 tally in MAC play after defeating the Golden Flashes, 2-0, and Bears, 3-0, last weekend in Athens, Ohio. Sophomore Jessica Jue leads Ohio’s charge with 31 points, including seven goals, while senior goalkeeper Jen McGill has recorded 1105:16 in the cage, allowing 11 goals and tallying 35 saves.
SERIES HISTORY: The contest between Ball State and Ohio Sunday marks the 70th meeting between the two teams as the Bobcats own the 35-34 all-time series-advantage versus the Cardinals. The teams last met Saturday, Oct. 1 at Pruitt Field as Kuhn scored a goal, but Ohio defeated Ball State, 9-1.
With less than two minutes left in the second period at 68:46 mark, Kuhn put the Cardinals’ on the board after she scored on a fastbreak past the Bobcats’ goalkeeper Brittany Walker. She tallied four shots on goal during the contest while Mitchell and Fusting combined for a total of five saves in 70 minutes of action.
COMING UP ON THE CARDINALS’ CALENDAR: Ball State will host Iowa at the BSU Turf Field Friday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.